More ways to fight that full, bloated and unfit feeling

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Last week I promised you more ways that I can help you lose weight and prevent bloating.

Just working on a few steps at a time will give you great results.

I’ve covered step one and now here are some more ways to put you on the road to greater fitness and health.


Know your personal core values – what means most to you in life


Once you know your pur-pose (beyond body composition goals) you can then use your exercise and nutrition plan as a bridge to living your purpose and values, making it much easier to stick to than just doing it to hit a temporary target like ‘lose a stone’.

Losing a stone of body fat to help you have more energy and live longer to make your children’s lives better will get you out of bed to do your bootcamp training in the morning.

If you don’t do this, you can of course make progress by eating better and exercising but I guarantee the results won’t last as long and it will all fall apart when life throws you a curveball!


Building on the last point, I used to say that everyone needed to set a clear target with a deadline


This works for some but for others it works best to simply hold a strong vision with a lot of emotional meaning and keep moving towards it, detached from the outcome.

Sometimes, life will deliver the results quickly, other times it will come later and that’s just the way it is.

If you hold the vision and take the necessary steps, it will happen as quickly as it’s meant to!


Stop waiting. There will never be the perfect time


Pick up the phone, join a bootcamp, get a personal trainer, buy some trainers and go run, just stop waiting.

You can tweak the details as you go – just get on the start line.


Work on stress management


If you are highly stressed, no exercise or nutrition plan will work for long.

Your stomach cells have four times the amount of cortisol receptors than the rest of your body, making a stressful life a sure fire way to gain belly fat even if you do eat a salad every day.

Exercise and nutrition can and should be a form of stress management in itself but only if done correctly.

Again you can start ‘doing stuff’ without this but the results will never be what you want them to be.


Use prayer/daily mantras/vision boards to programme your brain to think that your body is already what you want it to be.


The brain responds to images and will help you see the things and people in your world that you need to make it reality.

Over the past few months I have had to do this for myself as stress took a strong hold and this for me was a huge part of recovering.

Already I am seeing things differently. The world hasn’t changed, my brain is just seeing what it was closed to before because I wasn’t clear enough on my big vision and purpose.


Drink one-and-a-half to two litres of water a day


Your blood and bowels should act as a sewer system removing potentially harmful toxins. If there is not enough water to flush them out, the body will store the toxins as a safety precaution. The best storage place? Fat cells.

You won’t release fat if you don’t have a toxin removal system in place!

Next week I’ll give you the final part and if you’d like to join us for the final bootcamp of the year it starts on December 2. You can email me for more details nikki@challenge-fitness.com.

Nikki Caputa is a health and fitness coach who works one-to-one with clients and runs her own fitness camps where she trains groups.

Known as FAB Body Bootcamps, two are based in Fareham and one is in Portsmouth.

Nikki is also an ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

Visit fabbodybootcamp.co.uk and challenge-fitness.co.uk.

Follow Nikki on Twitter @nikkifit mum1.